Filipino boxing whizz, Manny Pacquiao has shrugged off talks about a possible rematch with retired rival, Floyd Mayweather, claiming that the American no longer possesses the grit required to compete at the ‘elite level’ he is currently at.
In what was dubbed the Fight of the Century, the two boxers locked horns in a 2015 showdown which saw Pacquiao lose by a unanimous decision.
The mega fight in effect, emphasized the dominance of the ‘Money Man’, taking his incredible record to 48 fights without defeat, before going on to retire two years later- still undefeated.
Even with the 50-0 boxer still enjoying his retirement, there have been widespread speculation that a second fight could be on the cards- especially after being lured out of retirement in 2017 to fight Conor McGregor.
However, Pacquiao has revealed in an interview with World Boxing News, that he has no intentions of getting back into the ring with Mayweather, and even advised that 42-year-old should ‘stay retired’.
Pacquiao said: ‘Floyd is retired. He can no longer fight at the elite level I am fighting at, he should stay retired.
‘I am only looking at active fighters. Floyd is not active anymore.’
The 40-year-old then intimated that his only focus was on fighting Keith Thurman for the WBA super welterweight title next week, and went on to send a message to his opponent.
He added: ‘Right now, I can only see this fight and I already wish it was July 20.
‘Keith Thurman is going to be surprised by what he sees from me in the ring in Las Vegas.’